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Doctors Who Treat Low Back Pain

The Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care (CCSC) takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating low back pain and conditions of the spine. The program is dedicated to identifying, diagnosing, and treating the source of pain. This includes a thorough evaluation, selecting the best treatment options, and utilizing the most advanced technology.

The CCSC brings together a team of experts that offer the very best of non-operative and minimally invasive surgical treatment for patients. Those in need of treatment receive input from a broad team of specialists, including neurologists, physical and occupational therapists, acupuncturists, cognitive therapists, and other pain management experts. (Visit the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care site.)

If surgery is recommended, the experts at Weill Cornell Medicine will always look to the least invasive options first. Our neurosurgical faculty includes some of the very best world-renowned specialists.

At the midtown east Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care:

Dr. Roger HartlRoger Härtl, M.D., named as one of the top 50 spine surgeons in the United States, is Director of the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care and Director of Spinal Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center. He’s also the official neurosurgeon for the New York Giants. Dr. Härtl's clinical and research expertise is in simple and complex spine surgery, neurotrauma, and neurocritical care medicine. Dr. Härtl believes that surgery for any spine condition should be a part of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, and he works very closely with other specialists in a team effort to achieve the best outcome for his patients. (Read more about Dr. Härtl.)

Dr. Eric ElowitzEric Elowitz, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spinal surgery. Routinely named to national lists of top doctors, Dr. Elowitz is dedicated to providing   state-of-the-art care with individual attention to each patient’s unique needs. Dr. Elowitz has developed a special expertise in new XLIF (lateral-access) procedures. (Read more about Dr. Elowitz.)

Dr. Ali A. BaajAli Baaj, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, with advanced training and expertise in spinal oncology and complex reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity. He is accomplished in both minimally invasive spinal surgery and open complex spine surgery, having had formal training in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery. (Read more about Dr. Baaj.)

Dr. Kai-Ming FuKai-Ming Fu, M.D., Ph.D., obtained his undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and his medical and graduate training in the M.D./Ph.D. program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Fu specializes in minimal access surgery as well as having advanced training in reconstructive, deformity, and oncological spine surgery.  (Read more about Dr. Fu.)

Dr. Athos PatsalidesAthos Patsalides, M.D., is board-certified in Radiology and is an associate professor of Radiology in Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center. Dr. Patsalides is an expert in minimally invasive procedures for spine compression fractures (kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty) for patients with osteoporosis, multiple myeloma, and spinal tumors. (Read more about Dr. Patsalides.)

Dr. Michael VirkMichael Virk, M.D., Ph.D. is a widely published neurosurgeon with specialty training in minimally invasive and complex surgery for a wide variety of spine conditions. His specialties include scoliosis, kyphosis, spinal tumors, trauma, degenerative disease, radiculopathy, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. Dr. Virk uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques with intraoperative, computer-assisted navigation as well as spinal endoscopy. He also uses fundamental, open surgical strategies in patients who will benefit most from these. (Read more about Dr. Virk)

At our Queens location:

Dr. Srikanth BodduSrikanth Boddu, M.D., M.Sc., is an interventional neuroradiologist who specializes in minimally invasive treatments for cerebrovascular and spinal disorders. In addition to treating the underlying condition that is causing lower back pain, Dr. Boddu’s specialties include aneurysms, compression fractures, tumors, and stroke. Dr. Boddu sees patients and performs surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center on the upper east side of Manhattan. (Read more about Dr. Boddu.)

At our Lower Manhattan location:

Dr. Samuel C. KimSamuel C. Kim, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been in practice for 10 years. Dr. Kim has expertise in complex spinal surgery as well as vascular diseases of the brain and spine. (Read more about Dr. Kim.)

Dr. Virk also sees patients at Lower Manhattan.

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